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New Pokemon Game May Be a Bridge Too Far

Posted on December 19, 2011 AT 08:44am

THE BUZZ: The Pokemon Company and Koei have announced Pokemon+Nobunaga’s Ambition for the original DS.

Those under 35 might be asking, what is Nobunga’s Ambition? For a quick explanation, it is a turn-based strategy/role-playing/simulation series developed by Koei, which dates all the back to 1983 and has enjoyed quite a big success in Japan and the U.S. An official site for this mysterious title has just launched and a debut trailer can be found below.

EGM’s TAKE: There are some things in life which can’t be ignored, Pokemon played a major role in many people’s childhoods and as such we have become very protective about what happens to it as a franchise. Pokemon Pinball was forgiven, even Rumble could be excused, but this is something that could be described as just plain ridiculous. Nobunaga’s Ambition is a serious game steeped in historical meaning and education, whereas Pokemon is a light hearted, child orientated piece of entertainment. These two should never cross paths, and we fear the results.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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